TULUM ruins

Tulum ruins are near impossible for anything to compare with Chichén Itzá!

It’s been on my bucket list from the beginning and since we were only a bus ride away from the hotel, we couldn’t leave Playa del Carmen without visiting Tulum!

Tulum ruins are the only ones set along the coast on an impressive 45 foot Cliff side facing the Caribbean. Even if you are not into history, Mayan culture or architecture, these sea views are sure to leave you breathless.

I have to say that the beaches of Tulum are the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen in my life!

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The ancient name of Tulum ruins was Zama, meaning “place of the dawning sun”. How it got this name is obvious as this ancient Mayan city is situated on a cliff which faces east toward the beautiful turquoise waters of the life giving Caribbean.

This is surely one of the most scenically beautiful of all Maya archaeological sites.

Iguanas bask lazily on the rocks in the sun and gentle waves caress the shore. The pristine beach is so beautiful it is almost surreal. It’s easy to imagine the ancient Maya people landing at this bustling seaport and their canoes filled with trade goods.

Now I understand why Tulum ruins is a treasure of the ancient Maya world.

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After Teotihuacán and Chichen Itzá, Tulum is the third most-visited archeological site in Mexico. El Castillo and Templo de los Frescos are its main attractions.

El Castillo is known more for its scenic location than its size. Although its front facade has all the features of other Mayan temples, its back side seems more like a fortress. Small windows face out toward the sea, providing an excellent lookout post from which to watch for sea faring invaders. Visitors feel compelled to photograph this impressive structure standing regally against a backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean.

The Cliff-top Castillo, with its beachfront location and lush green landscape, is the image most often associated with the Mayan Riviera. Once it housed a beacon leading sailors through a break in the reef to this bustling trading post.

You’ve probably seen the postcards!

If you want to get to the closest beach you just have to go down a staircase that descends Tulum’s 39 foot cliffs or walk a little bit more outside the ruins. You will find the Caribbean paradise with white sandy beaches and turquoise water, waves and fresh air.

Take a swim and look back for a remarkable view of the iconic Pyramid El Castillo.

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Tulum ruins is one of the few archaeological sites in Mexico where it really does make sense to bring a swimsuit. The best way to experience Tulum is to combine a tour of the ruins with some beach time. Maybe even a refreshing dip!

We visit Tulum ruins independently and we find out that mornings are the best and least crowded time to go! It took us just 10 pesos and 15 minutes ride with a van from our hotel!

I’m telling you this was the most beautiful day spent in Mexico!

 to be continued